GLOOMY SHADOW: A supposed white pointer shark spotted at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay last week.
GLOOMY SHADOW: A supposed white pointer shark spotted at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay last week.

Surfers in a scurry

TESSA HOFFMAN A CLOSE encounter with a three-metre shark at a Byron Bay beach left Dominique Haenzi a little 'freaked out.' But it won't stop the Black Dog Surf School photographer from getting back in the water.

Dominique was working last Saturday at Clarkes Beach when he spotted a fin while in waist-high water with a small class.

"My first reaction was 'it's a dolphin' but then I realised 'no, that's no dolphin'," he said. "I told the students to walk out of the water slowly. "They were about five blokes from England and I thought they would panic, but they were cool."

Once out, Dominique said he followed the shark for a few metres in knee-deep water, before he thought it was 'too big for me' and then ran to warn other surfers at The Pass. "Most people got out of the water, but a few old locals kept surfing," he said.

Afterwards, Dominique showed his pictures around town and was told by most the fin probably belonged to a white pointer.

Cape Byron Marine Park Authority manager Andrew Page said it was uncommon to get sharks in such shallow water at Byron Bay.



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